Understanding Residual Income for VA Loans

A VA loan is a type of mortgage backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and is available to current service members, veterans and eligible surviving spouses. VA loans offer several advantages, including no private mortgage insurance (PMI) and no down payment required. When qualifying for a VA purchase or refinance, you need to meet certain minimum residual income requirements based on your requested loan amount, where you will be buying, and how many people will live in the home. Here’s how it works:

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Important Tips To Avoid Wire Transfer Fraud

As you work through the homebuying and loan application process, be aware that large financial transactions, such as a home purchase, can make you a target for fraud. It’s important to know how to protect yourself against identity theft and other types of fraud. Scammers may pose as third-party companies and attempt to appear as though they are involved with your transaction. Here are some recommendations to keep your information safe when transferring funds for a large real estate purchase:

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What International Buyers Need to Know About U.S. Real Estate

As the U.S. economy continues to show signs of recovery and improvement, it’s no surprise that buyers from outside the country are increasingly eyeing U.S. real estate as a good investment. Real estate is a tangible asset that may increase in value over time and can provide a positive rate of return with less volatility than the stock market. There are potential tax advantages as well. Whether you are a professional relocating for work, an international investor, or a first generation immigrant living in the U.S., there are home purchase and financing options available to resident and non-resident buyers. Here’s some insight into the basics – from the home search to securing financing:

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What Does Stock Market Volatility Mean for the Housing Market?

Is a real estate bubble to blame for sudden drops in the stock market? Does stock market volatility indicate that a housing crash and recession are imminent? Probably not. Although there are some correlations between stock market activity and the health of the housing market, there isn’t a direct, consistent cause and effect relationship between the two. There are always other factors at work that help to complete the big picture. Here’s some insight into how rates, the housing market and the stock market are intertwined, but still need to be considered separately.

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4 Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2018

We are well into 2018 and new trends are emerging that will continue to shape the real estate market for the upcoming year. In order to help real estate professionals and homebuyers succeed in the New Year, realtor.com’s data team combed through countless reports and analytics to help forecast the top real estate trends for 2018. Here is what they found:

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How to Protect Your Credit From Identity Theft

If you are concerned about protecting your financial information from identity theft and data breaches, it’s important to know your options. While credit monitoring and fraud alerts indicate suspicious activity and provide added security, they may not offer enough protection. Placing a freeze on your credit (also known as a security freeze) can add an extra layer of protection against criminal activity. Here’s what you need to know:

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6 Perks to Working with a Realtor

The journey to homeownership can be a daunting process – especially with today’s limited housing inventory and competitive real estate markets. That’s why now, more than ever, it is greatly beneficial to work with a professional Realtor. Here are 6 perks to working with a Realtor:

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